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Dr. David Brouwer

Internal Medicine
Newport Beach, CA
31 years experience male

Locations

Newport Beach Medical Associates

Newport Beach, CA

Address

361 Hospital Road, Suite 322, Newport Beach, CA
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My office hours

Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Medicare

Office

Newport Beach, CA

About

Bio

I grew up in Orange County, California. After med school at GW, and residency at Harbor-UCLA in internal med, I entered active duty in the Air Force and was an internist at Eglin AFB in Florida for 4 years. Since 1998 I am in private practice in Newport Beach, CA and in concierge med since 2007.

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Internal Medicine

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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
No: Hi! unfortunately, at 21 years old your growth plates are closed and further height increase is unlikely.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
See your doctor: The painful lump could be an infected lymph node or hair follicle. You might need antibiotics, and sometimes the infection needs to be drained.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Could be better: That a1c is higher than what your target should be. If you are on oral medications for diabetes, you should be no higher than 6.5, and a target less ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Pyelonephritis: As long as the bacteria causing the infection is sensitive to Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) you should be improving soon. If you have v... Read More
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Yes: Yes that is a safe combination as long as your blood pressure is not lowered too much by the meds together.
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Surgery: Speak with your surgeon about it. A general surgeon does both of those surgeries, so it is worth discussing the possible combination surgery.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
For how long?: You can use tylenol (acetaminophen) daily for some time, but it isn't a good idea to take it for months at a time. More important is to determine why... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Overlap of signs: Sle (lupus) and mixed connective disease have overlap of some symptoms and signs. When there aren't enough diagnostic criteria to conclude lupus, but... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Testosterone hormone: For men that have a blood test demonstrating a low level of testosterone, there are topical (patch, cream) and injectable forms available.
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Yes: Yes you can combine those meds.
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Yes: You may be experiencing referred pain from a cervical spine nerve compression, especially if there is history of a prior injury to your neck. Please ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Muscle spasms: Most likely your back and shoulder muscles are in spasm from the forceful coughing. If the cough worsens and you have fever or shortness of breath yo... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Serious!: Leg ulcers in a diabetic is a big concern. If the ulcer becomes infected it could extend quickly without appropriate treatment. She should be seen b... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Steroids: Corticosteroids are used for many purposes in the medical field; to reduce inflammation, reduce swelling, treat acute asthma, reduce brain edema, etc.... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Abnormal labs: These tests are all abnormal. You need to discuss these with your physician, hopefully an internist to navigate the various abnormal results and reco... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Ask: Ask about the following: home care vs residential facility, pain meds, nutrition and hydration.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Yes: It is possible to heave a yeast infection without the white discharge, especially if you have recently been on antibiotics or steroids.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Ignore: Do: find quiet place, comfortable environment. Don't: Rush yourself, drink caffeine.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Thyroid disease: Problems that can be assumed related to the thyroid and later found to be a different diagnosis include anemia, sleep apnea, heart disease, cushing's ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Nonspecific: There are many causes of flat t waves, the most serious of which is ischemia (impaired blood supply to heart muscle). However, it can also be caused ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Heart: Heart attack! Reduce your risk with regular exercise and healthy diet. Avoid obesity. Don't smoke!
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Doctor eval: That is definitely abnormal and cause for concern. He needs to be evaluated immediately. Take him to the hospital to make sure he hasn't had a strok... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
UTI: Symptoms can include frequent urination, burning or pain, blood in the urine, hesitancy, dribbling, pain just above the pubic area if it's localized t... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Yes: It is ok to use both of them.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
See a doctor: You need to be evaluated for gallbladder infection or stones, as well as ulcers or pancreatitis. All of them ate potentially dangerous so please don't... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Groin lump: It is most likely a lymph node, but it could also be a cyst or nodule. Regardless, a hard lump should be evaluated by your physician, and if it is a ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
No: As long as your diet is well balanced with adequate protein and vegetables, a low carb diet should not adversely effect you. Many people feel that the... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
See below: Cleveland clinic has an excellent reputation in cardiac surgery.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Gastrointestinal: There are several potential causes, including ulcers, gallbladder problems, infections, irritable bowel syndrome, and others. See your primary care ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Adult size: Hi! once you have completed puberty, your reproductive organ is at it's full development.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Cartilage: Hi! grinding and locking of the knee can be related to a tear in the meniscus (cartilage) or advance to arthritis of the knee. Ligament problems usua... Read More
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Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Further evaluation: Antibodies indicate an immune response, but not necessarily an immune disease like lupus. However, given your family history and your symptoms relate... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
See a Dr!: Yes, rectal bleeding could be serious, especially if you have already been diagnosed with colitis. Depending on the severity of the bleeding, you sho... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Platelets : If it is 450, 000 do not be worried.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Gym exam: She should be examined by a gynecologist. Painful intercourse could be a symptom of a problem in any of her reproductive organs including the ovary, ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Muscle spasm: Commonly, muscle spasms may cause your neck to straighten. If there has been injury or arthritis of the vertebrae of the neck then the bony problem m... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Fatigue: If your tests are normal, then i assume the problem is not related to diabetes, anemia, thyroid or heart disease. Something that often gets overlooke... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Yes: No risk. There is no radiation with ultrasound.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
STD: Make sure you see your doctor to get the appropriate antibiotics and to make sure you are also tested for other sexually transmitted diseases (std's).... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
TMJ: Assuming your symptoms are structural due to the temparomandibular joint (tmj), you should probably have further consultation with an oral surgeon an ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Opiate testing: They are both opiates, so the test will detect both of them in the same category.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Palliative: Palliative care transition is to move from a "cure" focus to a "comfort" focus.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
When: When can pt start after surgery/injury? How many weeks are helpful? Does pt fax progress note to doc.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
See your doctor: Acute lyme disease can present with those symptoms and the rash like you described. You should see your physician for appropriate testing and medicat... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Urethritis : See your doctor to get tested for urethritis. You should avoid sexual activity until you have the test results.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Benign ectopy: Perhaps there is something of greater concern (to your cardilologist) on your cardiac studies. However, if your echo is unremarkable, and your holte... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Urinary frequency: Sounds like a bladder infection. Drink a lot of liquids, including cranberry juice. Get a urinalysis done, and your doctor will likely prescribe an ... Read More
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A 72-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Bronchitis: Cough often associated with mucous, sometimes with wheezing and shortness of breath.
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Orthopedist: Further orthopedic consultation will help guide your decision. Your kneecap (patella) is resting higher than normal (alta) and has calcified arthritic... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Angina: Angina isn't always an "elephant on my chest" feeling. It can be tight, burning like indigestion.
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Testimonials
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Aug 21, 2013
Dr Brouwer is a very knowledgeable internist. He is providing an excellent public service via Healthtap. He is also a really nice person. I endorse Dr. Brouwer.
Aug 20, 2013
An industry though leader in concierge medicine. An intelligent and highly expereinced physician. Highly recommend.
Great responses. Very accurate. Comes highly recommended.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you! He did go to the emergency room and checked out okay. All they could tell him is that he may have been dehydrated.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I'm seeing a doctor for tests this week. It feels like a pull- keeps getting worse and I'm very active. Thank you so much!
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Thanks for your quick reply! Would the proctologist know if I have a cut or if something ripped that is makeing me smell like poop. Something is makeing me smell and is

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

George Washington University Medical School, DC
Graduated 1991MD

Residency

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Awards

Castle Connolly Top Doctor in Internal Medicine, 2013
HealthTap Top Doctor in Orange County, CA - Winter 2013
HealthTap Top General Internist in California - Summer 2013

Affiliations

Fellow, American College of Physicians

Publications

Multiple organ dysfunction in a 33-year-old woman due to hereditary hemochromatosis
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